Cambridge girls soccer shuts out Galway, moves on

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CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. — Before the No. 8 seed Cambridge girls soccer team could get to a possible date with undefeated No. 1 seed Schoharie, the Indians had to take care of business against a tough No. 9 Galway team in the first round of the Section II, Class C tournament.

Even with the tough matchup possibly on the horizon, Cambridge came out with a strong effort at home Saturday, topping the Golden Eagles 4-0.

The shutout was big for the confidence level of the Indians and Cambridge coach Joe Celeste could not have been more happy with his team's performance.

"It was phenomenal. We really wanted this game more than Galway today," Celeste said. "We ran though every ball with 100 percent energy and 100 percent commitment."

The Indians showed their usual aggressive style, taking control of the ball early on and keeping possession in the opposing end for most of the game.

Cambridge would get on the board first when leading scorer Miranda Seacord got a foot on a ball in the box to put it past the Galway goalkeeper. Later in the half, sophomore Vanessa Evans got pushed down by a Golden Eagles defender and was awarded a penalty kick. The young striker executed the shot and put the Indians up 2-0.

Getting those two first half goals was huge for the momentum in the game, according to Celeste.

"It helped me settle down a little bit," Celeste said. "We really controlled the ball for the first 10 minutes and once we put that first one in I was happy with our results. We played really well from there on out."

The freshman Phillips twins, Lily and Sophie, added the other two goals for the Indians in the second half of play, with Lily's coming midway through the half and Sophie's coming in the final moments.

Saturday's shutout was the sixth time Cambridge has come away with a clean sheet. Getting this type of play on the defensive side and in goal will be key for the Indians as they progress in the sectional tournament.

"We wanted to make a statement. That was one of the things I put on our white board," Celeste said. "A clean sheet is an absolute statement in my opinion, so we're ready for Schoharie."

With the win, the Indians now prepare for the quarterfinals of the sectional tournament where they'll meet the aforementioned Schoharie side, who come into Tuesday's matchup at 16-0 and with the section's leading goal-scorer in Katie Krohn.

"We've been working on defensive organization," Celeste said about what his team will need to do to compete with the top seed. "We've been working pretty hard the past couple weeks on packing it in, so we're ready."

Adam Aucoin can be reached at aaucoin@benningtonbanner and followed on Twitter @AAucoin_Banner


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